Texas Business Minds

Texas Business Minds

Presented by the Texas Business Journals and sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, this series features in-depth conversations with Texas business leaders each week. We rotate through Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to deliver insight from across the state.

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May 16, 2022 34 min

After 7 successful years as the first female leader at historic Huston-Tillotson University, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is turning the page on her next chapter in life, and business. She brought private sector expertise to the public university, and in turn, shared insight and impactful knowledge with the private sector during her tenure. In this episode, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes Dr. Pierce Burnette to reflect on...

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Most experts admit this is the most unpredictable financial period in modern times. America's post-pandemic balance sheet is saddled with $30 trillion in debt, inflation rages, interest rates are rising, and the stock market is sinking. What lies ahead, and is the housing market the next sector to get hit? In this episode, SABJ Managing Editor Ed Arnold invites financial advisor Darryl Lyons, CEO of PAX Financial Group to offer...

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It's the American Dream personified: As a young man, Alfredo Flores, Sr. moved to America and gained employment as a piano tuner. When the Great Depression hit home, he went from repossessing piano's to selling them. Almost 93 years later, Adriana Flores continues the family business legacy, successfully guiding Alamo Music Center through the pandemic, something that would've made her grandfather proud. In this episode,...

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All the ingredients are there, so Ashley DeWalt and his team at DivInc Houston are focused on making this market the sports, entertainment and gaming capital of not only Texas, but the world. In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams welcomes the sports & entertainment management consulting guru to share his vision for Houston, the sports industry, and how e-sports, crypto and NFT will transform how the game is played...

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When Nicole Brennig arrived in Austin 15+ years ago, the legal scene didn't offer the same services as bigger markets like New York or Dallas. But with Austin's explosive growth over that period, professional service firms are now offering expertise catering to the tech, investment and other sectors calling Austin home. In this episode, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes DLA Piper Managing Partner Nicole Brennig...

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In this timely and thought provoking episode, DBJ Managing Editor Rob Schneider welcomes Dennis McQuistion, who provides his insight and unique perspective on corporate governance. McCuistion, who is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Dallas, and former Executive Director at the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, is being honored as a Lifetime Achievement Award ...

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In his 56-year career in commercial real estate, Lou Cushman has seen and done it all- nationally and internationally. While technology has transformed many industries, it's still hard work and good old fashioned customer service in commercial real estate, and nobody exemplifies that more than Cushman. In this episode, he sits down with HBJ Reporter Jeff Jeffrey to share his forecast for the Houston market, the impact of the pa...

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Former Texas Congressman and CIA Agent Will Hurd connects with SABJ Managing Editor Ed Arnold to offer his insight for business leaders looking to grown the next generation of talent. Straight from the pages of his new book "American Reboot", Hurd shares from his expertise in cybersecurity and technology, providing fresh ideas for our audience.

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Environmental, Social and Governance Investing, or ESG, is top of mind. But how do investors and their clients realize the value and return of their investment? In this episode, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson invites Longevity Partners Founder & CEO Etienne Cadestin to share how he and his global team are providing transparency and accuracy on assets.

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Customers are clearly in charge in today's marketplace, and retailers must recognize and embrace this fact in order to survive. In this episode, DBJ Managing Editor Rob Schneider welcomes Joel Bines, Managing Director at AlixPartners, and author of "The Metail Economy" to share his 6 C's, and why a small diner in Dallas is his favorite restaurant in America.

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University of Texas San Antonio didn't have to look far to find a national expert to fill their new role as VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Chiquita Collins, nationally recognized for her work in health disparities driven by underlying social and economic inequities, was already serving a part-time role at the school. In this episode, SABJ Managing Editor Ed Arnold invites Dr. Collins to share her unique perspective ...

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In spite of significant venture capital flowing into Austin, women entrepreneurs and founders are still drastically underserved. That's where Beam Founders Network and Beam Angel Network step in.  In this episode, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson invites CEO and Executive Director Leigh Christie to share what Beam is doing in Austin and San Antonio, and share her own professional journey as well.

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The YMCA of Greater Houston is much more than just a "gym & swim". The organization is the third largest Y in the country, serving  almost 177,000 families.  In this episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams invites CEO Stephen Ives to share how he and his team navigated the pandemic, innovated, and are setting an example for other YMCA's across the nation. 

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This iconic American brand is based in Plano and well known for its stuffed crust pizza & wings. But it's people that COO Chequan Lewis is focused on- delivering an exceptional experience for his franchise owners and they, in turn, for customers across the nation. In this episode, DBJ Managing Editor Rob Schneider invites Lewis, who grew up in Watauga, to share his homegrown success story and vision for Pizza Hut and its pe...

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He was the first kid in his family to go to college, and his parents wouldn't let him take on debt to finance his education. Dr. Abel Chavez has first-hand, real life experience navigating the challenges many of his students and their families face as he takes over as President at Our Lady of the Lake University. From a business perspective, Dr. Chavez is keenly aware of the role OLLU plays in preparing young people for the rea...

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Jevon McCormick literally wrote the book on success, overcoming personal obstacles he gladly shares to inspire his tribe, and others. In this episode, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson invites McCormick to narrate his winning strategy, revealing how and why Scribe Media has grown when the literary industry at-large faces challenges.

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Left for dead in the early days of the pandemic retail has bounced back in a big way, particularly in Houston, due to specifics about the city and its growth. In our 100th episode, HBJ Managing Editor Jonathan Adams invites Jason Baker of Baker Katz to explain what makes Houston unique, what's driving the robust retail sector, and the outlook for 2022 and beyond.

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Texas is THE place to be and there's plenty of competition within our state for convention and tourism dollars. In this episode, SABJ Reporter Karly Williams connects with Visit San Antonio President & CEO Marc Anderson. The new leader shares what he and his team are doing to lure conventions and tourists back as the city looks to move past the pandemic and welcome visitors from around the country.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "The world is plentiful with honey, but only the humble bee can collect it".  Nothing could be more true when recounting the story of Nathan Sheets, who humbly helped a local honey producer as a side gig, then bought the small company for $10,000. That was 1997, and in this episode DBJ Managing Editor Rob Schneider invites Sheets to share the remarkable story of how he grew the small company in...

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With health & wellness top of mind in the new year, ABJ Managing Editor Will Anderson welcomes Restore Hyper Wellness Co-Founder & CEO Jim Donnelly to share the growth and vision of his Austin-based company. Restore provides proactive wellness solutions, including cryotherapy,  IV drip and red light therapy in an accessible, affordable franchise model. Donnelly retraces the path that led him to launch the company, and why t...

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